Bruises When We Fall

I could say it in my sleep:

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart

and lean not on your own understanding;

in all your ways acknowledge him,

and he will make your paths straight.”

My favorite verse in the Bible is Proverbs 3, verses 5 and 6. Until recently, if you had asked me to tell you anything about chapter 3, or the surrounding verses, I would have come up short. I was convicted as I read on, and the Lord gently reminded me that the context of “popular” verses like this one is key in truly understanding what the Lord wants to teach us through His Word. The following verses to 5 and 6 are:

“Do not be wise in your own eyes;

fear the LORD and shun evil.

This will bring health to your body

and nourishment to your bones.”

What a sobering reminder that we can say all the “right” things, and do all the “right” things, but still be “wise” in our own eyes, not truly seeking Christ.  This brought me to another sobering reminder, that

pursuing the Lord and trusting Him with my mind is

what brings health and nourishment to my body.

I spend a lot of time reading and studying about health, fitness, food. I try to fill my body with nourishing foods, and go to great lengths to make healthy choices, but I don’t spend nearly enough time in the Word. I have found myself feeling pride in the fact that I have a growing knowledge of these things, but what good is it if I am leaning on my own understanding?

If my mind is weak feeding off of my own ambitions, and trusting in my own knowledge (which is PUNY compared to Gods), my body will waste away.

Have you ever struggled with depression?

I have. And I have many dear friends and family who do. I’ve seen it and felt it enough to know that when the mind is consumed with doubt, sorrow, pain, anger, fear, worry, sin, and selfishness, the physical body suffers.

For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away

through my groaning all day long.

For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;

my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer.

Psalm 32

This isn’t to say that health, wealth, and prosperity will follow those who do A, B, and C correctly. The scriptures are full of examples of our capacity for the highest of highs, and the lowest of lows.

We will get sick.

We will have seasons, often long seasons of doubt and depression.

We are meant to wrestle with our faith and feel the

bruises when we fall….

but then, dear sisters, we are CALLED to trust Him….and to experience the

PEACE of God which surpasses all understanding.

I pray that this post points you toward that peace today!

Prosciutto Wrapped Zucchini

Guess I’m on a recipe kick right now.

I did not make this one up, but felt compelled to share it because it is SO GOOD! It is even better when made with asparagus. I recommend trying both! They make great appetizers, side dishes, or snacks! (Thank you Martha and Emily Bennett for making getting me addicted to these).
You need:
1 medium sized zucchini cut into spears, or 1 bunch of asparagus

1 package of nitrate-free prosciutto (Trader Joe’s has a yummy smoked prociutto for only $4).

Little bit of olive or coconut oil for the skillet

Fresh ground black pepper

 

Wrap each zucchini spear with one slice of prosciutto. Set aside. Warm a bit of oil in a skillet on medium heat, toss in the yummies, crack a bit of black pepper over the (no need for salt on these babies!), turn every minute or so until zucchini is tender and prosciutto is a little crispy. ENJOY!

 

 

Cucumber, Chives, and Cilantro, OH MY!

Necessity is the mother of invention. It was necessary for me to use my cucumber before it got too ripe and I wasted it. So, this concoction was invented.  It was easy to toss together and wonderfully refreshing!

You’ll need:

1 cucumber, chopped

Fresh cilantro, chopped

A few green scallion onions, chopped

Lime (zest, or juice), to taste

Pinch of sea salt

Combine all ingredients and season to taste. That’s it!

Cucumber Onion Cilantro Salad With Lime

Harried

I am NOT a morning person.

In my dreams, I’d wake up when I want. I’d eat a late and leisurely breakfast while Greg gave me a foot massage, and then we’d both sip mimosas by the pool while our children sat quietly reading books on philosophical theology and playing Mozart on their tiny violins.

In my dreams, I said….

In reality, morning hits me like a bus. I find my stomach sinking at the first “Mmmmaaamaaaa!” I hear over the monitor.  I trudge downstairs, squinting against the wretched sunlight, often bumping into something, or stepping on a toy, which only irritates me more.

There are no mimosas. There are no foot massages. There are no tiny violins. There is just morning.

The word that comes to mind when I try to describe this feeling is harried…. (not to be confused with feeling “harry,” although a week without a chance to shave my legs will give me that feeling too).

This word so perfectly describes the more frenzied moments of motherhood, that even Webster used a mom as the subject in the definition’s sample sentence:

harried
adjective
harried mothers with their crying children HARASSED, beleaguered, flustered, agitated, bothered, vexed, stressed, beset, plagued; informal hassled, up against it.

If I were perfect, my initial reaction to the day would be thankfulness to God for breath, for life, and for my family. It saddens me that my first reaction to Baby’s hungry cries, are actually to want to cry myself, and to mourn the death of sleep (at least for the next 15 exhausting hours)!

Like the prideful woman I am, I have told myself the lie that I am the ONLY mom on the planet to ever think and feel that way at 7 AM. While I know the opposite is true, I still feel the conviction to do as the Proverbs 31 woman does. She rises early in order to prepare and provide. She can “laugh at the days to come.”

Laughter, as we know, is cathartic. It releases endorphins, burns calories, and intimates having joy and contentment. Imagine being so filled with “strength and dignity” (as our P31 Mama was), in our roles as wives and mothers, that we can actually laugh at the mornings to come!

In God’s timely way, he recently caused me to stumble upon this wonderful blog called Inspired to Action. I was immediately encouraged by Kat’s  honesty about her same struggles, and how it led her to start an accountability program.  “Maximize Your Mornings”  is designed to encourage moms to rise earlier, get more time with the Lord (a key factor in starting the day right), and to “wake up for our children, not just to them.”

What a concept!

I have committed to try this. I know it won’t always happen perfectly, but it’s worth striving for. I’m setting my alarm for 6:30 AM, and even if I just get a half hour to pray and prepare, I know it will deepen my relationship with God, and change the way I am able to love and serve my family throughout the day.

Join me in this challenge!

The “Skinny” on Coconut

If you haven’t heard, Coconut is the bomb.

In the kitchen or on your skin, the coconut is one of the most amazing edible gifts we have this side of heaven. Its milk is a wonderful alternative for those with lactose allergies, its water is refreshing, rehydrating, and electrolyte restoring, not to mention tasty, and its oil….oh, the oil! Let’s just say, it totally kicks the boot of all other oil.

I have used coconut milk and oil for culinary purposes for a couple of years now, and coconut water was my best friend during labor and recovery, but I always seem to forget that it also has amazing benefits for the skin as well.

Early on, Aria’s cradle cap and heat rash cleared up after just a few days, and after a recent battle with a nasty diaper rash, I remembered to bust out the oil and, voila! 6 days later and she’s free and clear! (Not to mention, she smells heavenly!)

There is also a whole diet based around the coconut. The book is “Eat Fat, Lose Fat,” and the idea is that consuming good fats (REAL fats and foods), and staying active, leads to an increase in metabolism, thus trimming extra unnecessary fat. “Eat Fat, Lose Fat” is a book you will definitely want in your kitchen as a great reference with helpful recipes and a suggested diet regimen. Check out my link below!

A few bullet point reasons to consider adding coconut oil to your diet and skin care:

* Boosts Immune System, kills viruses, bacteria, etc.
* Gentle on stomach and safe for infants
* Improves digestion and bowel function.
* Reduces symptoms associated the psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
* Improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth.
* Promotes loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate.
* Supports Thyroid function
* Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections.
* Dissolves kidney stones.
* Helps prevent liver disease.
* Is lower in calories than all other fats.
* Cancer fighting
* Anti-inflammatory

The list goes on….

Also, check out the video below. I highly recommend ordering your oil from Tropical Traditions. It’s very important to use VIRGIN oil, and this company also supports the traditional methods for production in small village farms in the Philippines.

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